Originally created 06/18/04

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Teenager is hit with hammer

An Augusta teenager told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was hit in the head with a hammer after an argument Wednesday evening.

Brandon W. Tucker, 17, told sheriff's deputies that he went to the 200 block of Deerfield Lane at about 5 p.m. to get a pair of shoes.

He said he got into an argument about the shoes, and someone struck him on the head with a hammer.

No arrest was made. Sheriff's Lt. James Young said Brandon declined to prosecute.

Augustan reports he was attacked, robbed

An Augusta man told sheriff's deputies he was attacked and robbed early Thursday morning.

Nathaniel Leverett, 37, told sheriff's deputies that he was walking on the 2000 block of Third Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. when a group of men jumped on him, hitting and kicking him.

He said one of the men took $80 from his shorts, then a group of men threw him into the front window of Nicoya Bing.

Mr. Leverett told deputies he didn't want to prosecute.

Woman accuses man of kicking in her door

An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday night after a woman told deputies he kicked in her door and threw a brick through her car's windshield.

Stanley Bernard Stephens, 33, of the 3400 block of Jonathan Circle, was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass and was booked into the Richmond County jail.

Charlene M. Dixon told deputies that she got into an argument with Mr. Stephens over money and tried to close her front door so she could lock it and go to a bank.

Groups at post to hold membership luncheon

A general membership luncheon of three Fort Gordon organizations will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 29 at the Gordon Club on 19th Street, according to the post's public affairs office.

The speaker will be Perry M. Smith, a retired Air Force major general, military analyst and author.

The joint luncheon is for the membership of the Association of the U.S. Army, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and the Signal Corps Regimental Association, a news release states.

Tickets must be purchased by June 25. They can be bought with a credit card by calling Robbe Ostby at 793-3500, or with cash or check by calling Amy Tuschen at 791-7815 or Brenda Howard at 855-0099.

Fort plans celebration for Independence Day

Fort Gordon will hold its Independence Day celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Freedom Park and on Barton Field, according to the post's public affairs office.

Events include a fireworks and laser show at 9:45 p.m., along with carnival games, a craft show, live bands, a petting zoo, and games and rides for children.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps band will perform the 1812 Overture, featuring live cannon fire, just before the fireworks and laser show.

The event is open to the public, but everyone must have photo identification to enter Fort Gordon.

Resurfacing begins on road near MCG

Workers are resurfacing a portion of R.A. Dent Boulevard near the Medical College of Georgia as part of a $1 million project.

Erick Thompson, the deputy director of Augusta's Public Works and Engineering Department, said the work is being done between Walton Way and Wrightsboro Road and is not expected to reroute traffic.

The overall project to resurface about 30 Augusta roads is scheduled to be finished by June 30, Mr. Thompson said.

Veterans hospital will hold ribbon-cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Veterans Affairs hospitals' active-duty rehab care units will be held Tuesday, according to a news release from the agency.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the auditorium in the Augusta VA's Uptown Division, off Wrightsboro Road.

Guest speakers will be Pete Wheeler, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Services; Brig. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the commander of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center; and Linda Watson, the network director of Veteran Integrated Service Network 7, the VA district the Augusta centers are in.

Two cooling centers open in Grovetown

Columbia County has two cooling centers open for residents who do not have air conditioning and need somewhere to seek shelter as temperatures rise along with the risks for heat-related illnesses among young children and the elderly.

The Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive in Grovetown, will be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The center will have a sitting room with ice water and television available. For more information, call 556-0308.

Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown, also will have a sitting room open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 863-7523.

Anyone needing transportation to either center may call the Columbia County Public Transit office at 556-0308.

Construction to close busy street at post

A heavily traveled road at Fort Gordon will be blocked until June 30 for construction, according to the public affairs office at the post.

Rice Road, which becomes Avenue of the States between Brainard Avenue and 36th Street, will be blocked.

Detour signs are posted on Rice Road at the post's fire station and on Avenue of the States at 36th Street. For more information, call 791-9748.